This month we are highlighting some of the best reads that you can borrow on BorrowBox.
Dead Father’s Club by Matt Haig, available in eBook and eAudio
Philip Noble is an eleven-year-old in crisis. His pub landlord father has died in a road accident, and his mother is succumbing to the greasy charms of her dead husband’s brother, Uncle Alan. The remaining certainties of Philip’s life crumble away when his father’s ghost appears in the pub and declares Uncle Alan murdered him.
Arming himself with weapons from the school chemistry cupboard, Philip vows to carry out the ghost’s relentless demands for revenge. But can the words of a ghost be trusted any more than the lies of the living?
The Pact by Amy Heydenrych, available in eBook and eAudio
When your dream job turns into a nightmare, who can you turn to? A gripping and chilling suspense novel about the deadly intentions of office life.
When Freya arrives at her dream job with the city’s hottest start-up, she can’t wait to begin a new and exciting life, including dating her new colleague Jay.
However, Nicole, Jay’s ex and fellow employee, seems intent on making her life a misery. After a big deadline, where Nicole continually picks on her, Freya snaps and tells Jay about the bullying and together they concoct a revenge prank.
The next morning, Nicole is found dead in her apartment . . .
The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal, available in eBook and eAudio
London. 1850; two people meet. This is the intoxicating story of a young woman who aspires to be an artist, and the man whose obsession may destroy her world for ever..
For Iris, an aspiring artist, it is the encounter of a moment – forgotten seconds later, but for Silas, a collector entranced by the strange and beautiful, that meeting marks a new beginning.
When Iris is asked to model for pre-Raphaelite artist Louis Frost, she agrees on the condition that he will also teach her to paint. Suddenly her world begins to expand, to become a place of art and love.
But Silas has only thought of one thing since their meeting, and his obsession is darkening . . .
Long Road to Mercy by David Baldacci, available in eBook and eAudio
An exciting heart-pounding first novel in David Baldacci’s series featuring female protagonist, FBI Special Agent Atlee Pine.
‘Eeny, meeny, miny, moe . . .’
It is thirty years since FBI special agent Atlee Pine’s twin sister, Mercy, was taken from the room they shared as young children. Notorious serial killer Daniel James Tor, was caught and convicted of other murders, and while there’s no proof, Atlee believes he knows what happened to Mercy. Tor still resides in a high-security prison in Colorado.
Now, Atlee is called in to investigate a case in the Grand Canyon when a mule is found dead with strange carvings on its body, and its rider missing. She knows about killers and perhaps understands them better than any profiler in the FBI, but it soon becomes clear that she will need to put her skills to the ultimate test in this investigation.
It seems that Atlee will now have to confront a new monster and face the one of her nightmares.
Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie, available in eAudio
An enthralling family saga unwinds against the backdrop of a postcolonial India. A stunning story, rich with vibrant images and delightful characters.
A magical tale of discovery and identity, that is both comedy and tragedy, Midnight’s Children explores the wonders and perils of India’s birth through the eyes and actions of a child blessed with extraordinary powers, after being born at the exact moment India becomes independent.
The captivating events that unfold act as an allegory for India’s transition from colonialism to independence as Saleem finds himself ‘handcuffed to history’, with his fate entwined with that of his newly independent state.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J, Maas, available in eAudio
After serving out a year of hard labour in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince….
Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life.
Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best. Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another.
Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.
Wideacre by Philippa Gregory, available in eAudio
The first story in the bestselling Wideacre trilogy. A compelling tale of passion and intrigue set in the 18th century.
Wideacre Hall, set in the heart of the English countryside, is the ancestral home that Beatrice Lacey loves. But as a woman of the 18th century, she has no right of inheritance. Corrupted by a world that mistreats women, she sets out to corrupt others.
Sexual and willful, she believes that the only way to achieve control over Wideacre is through a series of horrible crimes, and no-one escapes the consequences of her need to possess the land.
The Chain by Adrian McKinty, available in eAudio
The morning starts like any other. But then a phone call changes everything. The only way Rachel will ever see her daughter again is if she pays a ransom – and kidnaps another child. The caller is a mother herself, whose son has also been abducted, and if Rachel doesn’t do exactly as she’s told, both children will die. Rachel is now part of a terrifying scheme – The Chain.
The rules are simple: find the money, find your victim and then commit a horrible act you’d have thought yourself incapable of just 24 hours ago. Rachel is an ordinary woman, but over the coming days she will be pushed beyond ordinary limits to save her daughter. What the anonymous masterminds behind The Chain know is that parents will do anything for their children. But what they don’t know is that they may have met their match.
Can Rachel be the one person to finally break The Chain?
1984 by George Orwell, available in eAudio
George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece – one of the definitive and most influential novels of the nineteenth century.
Big Brother is watching you . . .
1984 is the year in which it happens. The world is divided into three great powers: Oceania, Eurasia, and Eastasia, each perpetually at war with the other. Throughout Oceania ‘The Party’ rules by the agency of four ministries whose power is absolute and where every action, word, gesture and thought is monitored.
In The Ministry of Truth, which deals in propaganda, Winston Smith’s job is to edit the past. Over time, the impulse to escape the machine and live independently takes a hold of him. In writing the words ‘DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER’ his personal rebellion begins . . .
This is his story but it might also be yours. In our increasingly surveillance-governed world the story has strong resonance and displays some shocking parallels with modern-day society.